Barcelona's Architecture: Modernism to Urban Transformation

In many respects, Barcelona can lay claim to being one of the most architecturally inspiring cities of the world. In addition to the magnificent contributions of Antoni Gaudí, this culturally rich and dynamic city and its buildings, avenidas and parks are a collective reflection of style and function that date back to medieval times.  Discover the evolution of Barcelona’s identity from the winding, mysterious Gothic streets of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) to the signature modernist architecture to the adaptive-reuse projects in old textile factories. Artistic and architectural treasures await around every corner. On this immersive expedition, you will have the opportunity to shop at local markets, interact with experts in the fields of urban renewal and architecture, enjoy exclusive museum visits and savor the many flavors that mark this city as a world-class destination.

Nov 2-8, 2020

7 Days

6 Nights



Architecture & Design

7 Days, 6 Nights

Trip Cost, Per Traveler

$7,650 double occupancy
(Single supplement: $1,750.00 )
$500 Deposit
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Expedition Highlights

Immerse yourself in the work of Gaudí, including a visit to Sagrada Familia and a private after-hours experience at La Pedrera (Casa Milà). 

Sojourn in Costa Brava for an exploration of its medieval towns and the Dalí Theater-Museum, the largest surrealist object in the world.

Discuss urban transformation with an architect as you explore the 22@Barcelona project in the Poblenou district. 

Explore another side of modernism with hidden gems such as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and an exclusive visit to Casa Rocamora. 

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Carolina Miranda - LA Expeditions Expert

Carolina Miranda

Los Angeles Times culture writer.

Day 1

Benvinguts a Barcelona!

After arriving on individual flights into El Prat Airport, transfer to the Hotel Arts Barcelona, a seaside luxury hotel showcasing work by Frank Gehry. Gather in the late afternoon for an introduction to Barcelona’s history and identity during a guided walking tour that includes the elegant Paseo de Gracia, the tree-lined La Rambla and the epicenter of some of Barcelona’s most important avenues, Plaça de Catalunya. Enjoy a private visit at the Josep Puig-designed modernist Casa Amattler. This evening, discover authentic regional flavors with dinner at La Clara. (D)

Day 2

Gaudí’s Barcelona

Awaken your senses with a late-morning excursion to La Boqueria, one of the most famous markets in the world. Stroll through the aisles at your own pace, savoring the colors, flavors and sights. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean that specializes in fresh fish and paella. This afternoon, participate in a discussion with your L.A. Times journalist before setting out for a tour of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and a private after-hours visit to La Pedrera (Casa Milà) when it is closed to the public. Sip a glass of cava as you look out from the rooftop of this unique private residence. (B, L)

Day 3

Barcelona’s Transformation

Meet with a member of the Van der Rohe Foundation at the Mies van der Rohe-designed Pavilion, which was built for the 1929 international exposition and has served as the inspiration for numerous modernist structures. Explore Pritzker Award-winner Arata Isozaki’s renovation design for the CaixaForum and see the Calatrava Tower as well as the Olympic cauldron, an iconic symbol of the 1992 Olympic games. Your guide this afternoon will be a renowned professor of architecture from the University of Barcelona who will lead a private tour through Barcelona’s modern spaces, including former textile buildings and the lively neighborhoods of Poble Sec and Sant Antoni. Delight in lunch at Tapas 24 before enjoying your evening for individual pursuits. (B, L)

Day 4

Through the Eyes of Dalí

Take an excursion to Costa Brava for a day away from the city. Arrive in the region of Empordá and explore its medieval villages like La Bisbal and Peratallada. In Dalí’s hometown of Figueres, take a guided tour of the Dalí Theater-Museum, the largest surrealist object in the world. Conceived and designed by the artist, the Dalí Theater-Museum is a unique opportunity to experience the world and vision of Salvador Dalí unfiltered. Return to Barcelona in the early evening. (B)

Day 5


Meet with your host before venturing out for a private visit and light lunch at the Can Framis Museum, a modernist building that serves as an art center devoted to the promotion of contemporary Catalan painting. This afternoon, accompanied by a local architect, you will focus on the changing face of Barcelona and its sustainability efforts with a visit to 22@Barcelona, an urban renewal project in the formerly industrial district of Poblenou. The 1992 Olympics created its own wave of renewal and revitalization in Barcelona. Stroll through Port Olímpic, the marina built for the sailing competition during the ’92 games.  (B, L)

Day 6

Hidden Gems

Explore modernism through a different prism with visits to some of Barcelona’s hidden gems. Begin with visits to the Hospital de la Santa Creu, designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech, and the Josep Puig-designed Casa de les Punxes. On an exclusive visit to Casa Rocamora, dine, drink and delve into the art collection maintained by a private cultural foundation.  Walk through the bohemian and dynamic Gracia neighborhood before returning to your hotel. Conclude your expedition at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya at Montjuic Park. After a brief visit, toast your experience at a farewell dinner at the museum’s private restaurant, which overlooks the city and boasts stunning views. (B, D)

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